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  • 1. James Hawkins 13R
  • 2. •Empire is published by Bauer Consumer Media, a well-established multi-national publishingcompany.•Priced at £3.99•Published on a monthly basis•Targeted towards film fans in general, and is a well-respected reviewer of films, with manyof its quotes being used on DVD/Blu-Ray release posters.•Typically contains features, interviews, reviews and previews of movies, both in-cinema andhome releases.•Usually features the single main character, or the main antagonist of the movie, with thehead usually in a position overlapping the masthead. Masthead is familiar to many due tohuge awareness of its existence. Follows the conventions of a magazine, with a Masthead,main coverline, key image & a tagline above the masthead.
  • 3. •TotalFILM is published by Future Publishing Inc.•Priced at £3.99•Published on a monthly basis•Targeted towards film fans in general, and is a well-respected reviewer of films, with manyof its quotes being used on DVD/Blu-Ray release posters, similar to Empire.•Typically contains features, interviews, reviews and previews of movies, both in-cinema andhome releases, as well as special issues, such as the October 2012 ‘Cool Issue’, with a list ofthe ‘Top Ten Coolest Films being made Right Now’ included.•Usually features a single actor, mostly in character from their respective movie. The actorshow is usually the main character, or the main antagonist of the movie, with the headusually in a position overlapping the masthead. Masthead is familiar to many due to hugeawareness of its existence. Follows the conventions of a magazine, with a Masthead, maincoverline, key image & a tagline above the masthead.
  • 4. •Sight & Sound is published by the British Film Institute, as more of an educational journalrather than a magazine.•Priced at £3.95•Published on a monthly basis•The audience for sight and sound magazine is mainly educated film fans and readers foreducational purposes, featuring in-depth interviews rather than the usual ‘press-junket’thing featured in many magazines.•The magazine is not so much the average monthly celebration of current film; rather it is ahigh-brow magazine focusing on film and the history of film, as well as prominent figureswithin the film industry.•The magazine’s image is very different from the likes of TotalFILM or Empire, opting for amore organised, streamlined look about the front covers, with the masthead separated fromthe coverlines and images by a box-like outline, as opposed to Empire’s masthead or SFX’smasthead, which is usually incorporated into the cover or obscured by the cover.
  • 5. •Uncut is published by IPC Media.•Priced at £3.99•Published on a monthly basis•Hybrid magazine Focuses more on the music aspects of Media, rather than movies so wouldprobably be more popular with a fan of the musical genres represented here, although somefans of both the represented genre and film would likely read it.•Usually contains an approximate 75:25 split of music to film related material, focusing onclassic rock. Films related to readership interests, with movies featured usually aimed at amore mature audience.•Usually features a musical artist with the head of said artist usually in a position withmasthead overlapping it. Masthead is familiar to many due to huge awareness of itsexistence. Follows the conventions of a magazine, with a Masthead, main coverline, keyimage & a tagline above the masthead.
  • 6. •Little White Lies is independently published by The Church of London Creative Agency.•Priced at £5.00•Published on a bi-monthly basis•The design of each issue of Little White Lies is inspired by its feature film, represented onthe cover by an illustration of its lead actor. The cover film also influences interior aspects,such as editorial icons, chapter headings and custom typefaces. However, the overalltemplate of the magazine remains the same.•Highly stylised magazine and high price-point suggest the magazine is targeted at the nicheaudience of film fans, an idea also hinted at by the somewhat limited distribution for themagazine.•Usually features an extreme close-up of the model’s head, usually stylised in some way, suchas the ‘Wanted Poster’ style used on a stylised image of actor Tom Hardy’s head for theLawless issue. The masthead is incorporated into the cover as the first thing you see, to drawyour attention.
  • 7. •SFX is published by Future Publishing Inc.•Priced at £3.99•Published on a monthly basis•Targeted towards fans of Sci-Fi, fantasy and horror media. Not just movies, but books, TVshows & video games (albeit to a much lesser extent)•Typically contains features, interviews, reviews and previews of sci-fi, horror, fantasy &anime movies, both in-cinema and home releases. Occasionally a special issue is releasedfeaturing a specific theme, such as the Superheroes issues, or the Doctor Who issues.•Usually features a single actor, mostly in character from their respective movie. The actorshow is usually the main character, or the main antagonist of the movie or tv show, with thehead often in a position overlapping the ‘F’ in the masthead. Follows the conventions of amagazine, with a Masthead, main coverline, key image & a tagline above the masthead.Usually features a banner somewhere on the page, advertising other features in themagazine, anchored with images, and often features the logos of the movie/show on themain coverline.
  • 8. Summary of ResearchDuring the course of my research on film magazines, I have learned a number of interestingthings related to the creation of a film magazine, as well as the way the front covers areconstructed. The main features are listed below. •Usually features a single actor, in character from their respective film. •Masthead is usually prominent or printed in a bold colour to make it noticeable. •Packs as many features as possible onto the front page to entice buyers (in most cases). •Features a current/popular film or character (in most cases). •Usually released on a monthly basis, rather than the weekly format used by several music magazines. •Style of each front cover usually bleeds into article on cover feature, with the same styles, colours and fonts being used. •Follows the traditional conventions of a magazine cover. •Masthead •Coverlines •Taglines •Coverlines anchor the key images •Following this research the magazine that my coursework trailer would be most likely to feature in would probably be SFX, targeting the niche market rather than the generic readership of Empire or TotalFILM.